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Austin Maritime Lawyer

Austin Maritime Lawyer


If you were injured while working on a ship, you could receive compensation. Austin maritime lawyers will work hard to guide you through this process and ensure that you get the justice that you deserve.

What is Maritime law?

Maritime law governs matters that involve ships, shipping, insurance claims and civil matters that occur on the fresh waters in the United States, as well as to the open water such as the Gulf of Mexico or along the coastline of the U.S.

What is the Jones Act?

Maritime attorneys focus on issues that pertain to maritime law, but also to the Jones Act. The rules governing who qualifies as a Jones Act seaman, as well as what kinds of sea vessels are covered by the Jones Act are confusing. The Jones Act allows a maritime lawyer to bring legal actions on the behalf of an injured seaman, against ship owners, ship captain or other crew members after an accident has occurred.

When Should I File a Claim?

It is vital if you have been involved in an accident on water that you contact an attorney. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. are your go to maritime attorneys in Austin. Some common types of injuries reported:

  • Defective design
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Negligence by a co-worker
  • Sunken vessels from leaking oil
  • Loss of vessel from poor construction

Our attorneys have years of experience and the knowledge of maritime law in Austin. Here at SMSH we are dedicated to helping victims get their fair compensation that they are entitled to under the Jones Act and other maritime laws. The compensation will cover any losses after the accident such as; medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

We can assist you in developing a legal strategy, gathering evidence to make the case stronger and answer any legal questions that you may have. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today for a free evaluation. Click to Call 713-364-0723